WHITNEY CHADWICK was educated Middlebury College and The Pennsylvania State University. She specializes in twentieth-century European and American art, feminism and gender studies. Her books include Myth in Surrealist Painting; Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement; Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership (edited with Isabelle de Courtivron); Leonora Carrington: la realidad de la imaginacion; Mirror Images: Women Surrealism, and Self-Representation; The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris between the Wars (edited with Tirza True Latimer); and Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks. She has also published the novel, Framed. She has contributed to exhibition catalogs on the work of Sheila Hicks, Nalini Malani, Mona Hatoum, Maria Elena Gonzalez, among other artists. She is a frequent contributor to conferences and periodicals and has lectured widely on surrealism, gender, and contemporary art.
Dear Ms. Chadwick:
In the past few months I have been delving into Surrealism, and in particular Surrealist Women. That’s how I came upon your book,Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement My interest is not mere intellectual curiosity or academic in nature. My aunt Greta Grinberg was a little-known Surrealist Artist working in Mexico in the 60’s and 70’s. It may be interesting to you that she was a good friend of Leonora Carrington, and that they were both part of a feminist group in Mexico called Mujeres Conciencia (Leonora even did a poster for the group.) I have a few of my aunts painting and 49 unsigned drawings she left behind after her death in 1987. I also have been researching the hundredths of drawings that my aunt did and were published between 1969 and 1976(?) in Diorama de la Cultura, the Sunday cultural supplement of Excelsior, a Mexico City newspaper that at the time was among the best newspapers in the world. I have so far been able to copy about 30 of these drawings, corresponding to the first 2 months of 1970. I thought you might be interested in finding out about my aunt Greta and her work. I can send you electronic images of some of her work. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.
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Hi Peter, I’m almost finished with the last section of my book and I’ll be in touch soon. All the best, Whitney
Dear Whitney: Happy New Year. It’s very nice to hear from you. I was waiting till the holidays were over to get in touch with you. I hope you had a good holiday season, in spite of you deadline. I put a little book with some of my Aunt Greta’s portrait drawings as a holiday gift for my family members. I look forward to hearing from you soon.